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Shake Down–reality TV is so fake!

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Shake Down

by Kendel Lynn

Shake DownElliott Lisbon is the director of the billion-dollar Ballantyne Foundation and is also a very frustrated PI-in-training. There are plenty of cases to work on, but her boyfriend Lieutenant Ransom and other law enforcement officers do not share much information with her. So, Elliot enlists her best friend Sid, and the pair hone their investigative skills in the complicated search for Daphne who has a reputation for going missing and following her whims without warning. Would she do that with her friend’s wedding less than a week away?

In Shake Down by Kendel Lynn, lots of plot lines intersect. The Ballantyne Foundation is sponsoring a BBQ fundraiser honoring families who host the homeless. We are also introduced to Daphne who disappears shortly before she is to be maid of honor for her best friend Juliette. The girls met on a reality TV show where they were competing for an eligible bachelor. Much of the plot is centered around the town’s search for Daphne. That part of the book drags just a bit, but the pace and action pick up later and culminate in a conclusion I could never have predicted.

I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #5 in the Elliott Lisbon Mystery Series but OK as a standalone as characters from previous books in the series are clearly reintroduced.

Publication:   March 17, 2020—Henery Press

Memorable Lines:

She stopped as if her soles had been superglued to the asphalt. She seemed to be experiencing the second half of fight or flight. Freeze or faint.

“He’s being all cagey and friendly. Helpful in a distinctly not very helpful way.”

The shot was beyond loud. Like saying a hurricane was breezy or a ghost pepper had a little kick.


  1. carhicks says:

    Nice review Linda. I read a book in this series a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, but I never continued reading it for some reason. This sounds good and I am pretty sure this series is on hoopla. I like the idea that there is more than one plotline in a book, it adds interest.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I think I know why you didn’t continue to read this series–there are just so many good ones out there! BTW, I just got approved on Edelweiss for Max Lucado’s God Will Help You which will be published towards the end of December. I just happened upon it because the last two times I went into Edelweiss, it looked different and would not give me the opportunity to see review copies for Henery Press nor would it show Penguin books. Both of these were readily available before. So frustrating!

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  2. Thanks for another great review Linda!

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  3. I have read books by this author, and they are enjoyable, thanks Linda!

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